Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation

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EWe commonly think of marriage as a private matter between two people, a personal expression of love and commitment. In this pioneering history, Nancy F. Cott demonstrates that marriage is and always has been a public institution. From the founding of the United States to the present day, imperatives about the necessity of marriage and its proper form have been deeply embedded in national policy, law and political rhetoric. Legislators and judges have envisioned and enforced their preferred model of consensual, lifelong ...

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0674003209

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9780674003200

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Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
2001, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674003200

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